The first episode of The Nevers is available on OCS and it’s time to find out our verdict.
We’ve been waiting for a while but like many, The Nevers suffered some delays because of the coronavirus – not to mention the vagaries of the accusations against its creator Joss Whedon, singled out for his abusive behavior towards his actresses and actors. Despite all this this time it is there, the first episode of the series signed HBO is available on OCS and it should appeal to action and adventure fans. The Nevers don’t waste his time and immerse us directly in the story, in the midst of the Victorian era when the UK was hit by a phenomenon that people don’t seem to remember but which had an incredible effect.
The passage of some sort of unknown vessel gave part of the population, mainly women, extraordinary powers. This category of the population, then called the “Touched” – also the title of the series premiere – or the “touched” by people without powers, is obviously viewed with suspicion and even open mistrust by the rest of society. And since it is mainly women, the series puts our nose right in its message in a very unsubtle way from the pilot. We appreciate the intention, a little less the way of doing things which would have deserved to be more careful. On the plot side, X-Men fans will surely feel a little nostalgic when they see an orphanage welcoming the “Touched”, and the 2 managers looking for all the people with powers in the city to bring them to the shelter.
We feel a much larger story behind it, but the pilot already serves as a very dynamic introduction – if not too much – to this new universe. Because on the rhythm side, it’s hard to get bored in the face of a series of scenes that are not always easy to follow and with new characters arriving on all sides. Certainly no one likes to be bored in front of a first episode of a series, but The Nevers leaves just enough time to soak up his world before we roam all over London to discover powers, spaceship (?), multiple characters and anecdotes that we know are important for the future but which do not have for the moment makes no sense to us.
Fortunately besides all this, certain elements in addition to the rhythm grab our attention enough to push us to come back to it. This is particularly the case of flagship duo of the series formed by Laura Donnelly and Ann Skelly who play respectively Amalia True and Penance Adair whose alchemy is at the rendezvous. The balanced and complementary dynamic between the two women serves as a steady point throughout the episode, and their interactions are an easy way to learn a little more about them and their surroundings. In short it is an intriguing series that we discover, with a cast of choice and a pitch mysterious enough to arouse our curiosity, but we hope to see a sequel a little more structured, especially in the 2nd part of the season during the episodes of Philippa Goslett.